Selection for the SAS is one of the world's toughest job interviews and physical fitness is only the starting point. What's really being tested is psychological resilience and character as candidates undergo sleep deprivation, interrogation and a series of increasingly complex mind games. In this programme, five ex-special forces soldiers re-create tasks from the SAS's secret selection process, putting 30 civilian men through the ultimate test of their physical and - more importantly - their psychological resilience.
- imDb Rating: 8.6 (708 Votes)
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Five ex-Special Forces soldiers recreate the SAS's secret selection process and put 30 men through it, in the ultimate test of their physical and - more importantly - psychological resilience.
- Rated: N/A
- Released: 19 Oct 2015
- Runtime: 47 min
- Genre: Reality-TV
- Director: N/A
- Writer: N/A
- Actors: Ant Middleton, Shaun Dooley, Billy Billingham
- Language: English
- Country: UK
- Awards: 2 nominations.
- Total Seasons: 3
Episode 4x6; Feb 10, 2019
The four men and four women who have made it to the final stage face their most gruelling challenge yet - a test of their ability to resist interrogation. They are subjected to stress positions, white noise, and relentless grilling, and must prove they have the mental and physical resilience to be worthy of SAS selection. Last in the series.
Colin MacLachlan as Colin MacLachlan
Anthony Middleton as Anthony Middleton
Ollie Ollerton as Ollie Ollerton
Jason Fox as Jason 'Foxy' Fox
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The recruits' first task is an unexpected one: writing an essay about themselves. Then they face an eight-mile combat fitness test while their essays are dissected for an insight into their character.
The remaining recruits must choose their weakest colleagues, who then lead the next exercise. And there's the 'Sickener': a series of physical challenges that won't end until five recruits give up.
The directing staff test the remaining recruits' resistance to fear, with mind games and an intimidating challenge to dive backwards from a cliff into the freezing sea 12 metres below
The directing staff have to whittle the group down to the six they think may have what it takes to complete the final stage: a punishing 72-hour cat-and-mouse chase across challenging terrain
The remaining recruits each face the final, notoriously gruelling stage of selection alone: 24 hours of interrogation. Do any of them have what it takes to succeed in the Special Forces?
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The recruits face a terrifying bridge leap before they can find their base. The jungle environment, altitude and insects take their toll, and the DS give special attention to two volatile individuals.
Chief Instructor Ant and his elite team test whether the remaining recruits can control their aggression, with a brutal game of murderball and the non-stop 'sickener' exercises.
The last 12 recruits' trustworthiness is tested. The directing staff sow distrust among them and they identify their least trustworthy teammates, before an abseil trust exercise.
The directing staff apply pressure to the last eight recruits, exposing hidden personality traits before sending them into a gruelling 12-hour jungle mission high in the Andes
In the final episode, the remaining recruits undergo the most psychologically demanding 24 hours of the course: the resistance to interrogation phase, as they are abducted and intensively interrogated
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SAS: Who Dares Wins returns, with 25 new civilian recruits pushed to their limits in Morocco's extreme and unforgiving Atlas Mountains. Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his Directing Staff Foxy, Ollie and Billy are intensifying the course, in a condensed version of SAS Selection that's the closest civilians can get to actual Special Forces training. As the recruits progress through the course, they discover harsh truths about themselves while revealing and facing their fears. For many of them, this is a life-changing experience, but which of them has what it takes to make it to the end? From the very beginning, the DS apply the pressure as the recruits face jumping from a moving helicopter into a huge lake.
The ex-Special Forces instructors push the remaining recruits to tackle their fears and weaknesses head-on, challenging them to abseil more than 200 feet from the top of the enormous El Mansour Dam. Through a series of extreme tasks, including a gruelling mountain climb in blistering heat with 40lbs on their backs, the recruits are confronted with their own weaknesses and encouraged to try and harness them, as the instructors look for the recruits who can turn personal adversity into strength.
The remaining men are split into two units as the course instructors test the recruits' ability to bond - as well as compete - with each other. In the Sahara desert, the recruits compete in a punishing time trial run across the treacherous Erg Lihoudi sand dunes, before having to work as a team to move equipment across the dunes in a 4x4. During a night-time escape and evasion mission, they must cross a remote river valley in the pitch black of night while avoiding hunter teams who are tracking them with dogs, and one of the teams gets lost. The recruits who fail to show the right character and ability in these tasks are later axed from the course in a shock cull.
The remaining recruits are challenged to put their faith in the course instructors and dive backwards - blindfolded - 10 metres off a gangplank into the Barrage El Mansour Eddahbi reservoir. They must then undergo the most psychologically demanding phase of the course - Resistance to Interrogation - where they are captured and then intensely grilled by a team of professional interrogators. Two recruits' friendship is put on the line in this extreme test of mental resilience, trust and moral judgement. Will they betray each other in order to stay on the course?
|Colin MacLachlan||as Colin MacLachlan|
|Anthony Middleton||as Anthony Middleton|
|Ollie Ollerton||as Ollie Ollerton|
|Jason Fox||as Jason 'Foxy' Fox|
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